What is the Horizon Project?

The Horizon Project is the follow up project to the Flat Classroom Project conducted in December 2006. The practices from the first project have been refined and the number of classrooms have been expanded to five to increase the geographic and cultural diversity. (See the classroom requirements.) This is a joint project between five classes ranging from grades 10-12 at the International School Dhaka, Bangladesh, Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia, Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne, Australia, the Vienna International School in Vienna, Austria and the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China to research, discuss, and envision the education and society of the future according to the six trends outlined in the Horizon Report 2007 Edition.

Why are we doing this project?

The demand for standards to prepare globally effective, technologically literate, collaborative savvy students from today's world are increasing. This project is designed as a summative & genuine assessment project to meet every National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) as defined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (the largest teacher-based non profit organization in educational technology) while considering the preeminent educational theories that move students towards higher level critical thinking. We want our students to understand this world and be comfortable in a collaborative business world that literally never sleeps.

Many of the people who are participating in this project believe that the future of education lies in harnessing the power of the new connected internet (Web 2) but also so that we need to learn how to change, document, and share in order to survive. We must become more able to change in the future in order to remain relevant and create projects that better facilitate global understanding between tomorrow's leaders. (We believe all students should participate in global collaborative projects.)

Our passion

Our passion is to be excellent educators who inspire excellence and a global understanding in our students. Our passion is to help other educators learn from the struggles that we have undergone in working with such a project so that they may more easily do this in the future. Our passion is to involve the entire educational community and to demonstrate that such projects are not only feasible but essential for the future of our world. We work hard, think big, and are always willing to include others who have the same vision. We're not perfect. We are real classrooms with real students and real teachers working in the very messy but in an extremely rewarding educational frontier. We are not the only ones doing this sort of work, there are others, and we are a network, laced together with a common concern, goal, & vision for our youth.

Who is participating?

While the majority of the work is going on in the 5 classrooms that are creating the wikis, many people are involved to promote the discussions that today's educators must engage in. (Note from Teachers: Far too much discussion is about how to block out the world, when instead, we believe, we should be connecting it.)

This is a very open, grassroots project. We want to help the educational community document best practices. If you see a way that you can help that we may not have thought of, or if you would like to contribute your expertise, contact Julie Lindsay or Vicki Davis.

The Classrooms

Main Student Wiki Page Main Teacher Wiki Page
  • Julie Lindsay's Grade 11 Information Technology in a Global Society class at the International School Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Vicki Davis' Grade 10 Computer Science class at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia, USA
  • John Turner's Grade 10 Digital Innovations class at Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne, Australia
  • Barbara Stefanics' Grade 11 Information Technology in a Global Society class at Vienna International School, Austria
  • Ed Kidd's Grade 11/12 Media Literacy at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China

The Teachers

John Turner - Head of Information Technology at Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne, Victoria. John's interest is in school blogs, such as at http://www.plcweblogs.org/homepage
Julie Lindsay - Director of E-Learning at International School Dhaka.
Vicki Davis - Teacher, Technology Administrator - Westwood Schools, Camilla, Georgia - Blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and co-hosts a weekly webcast at edtechtalk.com - WOW2 on Tuesday nights at 9 pm EST. Cofounder of Women of Web 2.

Keynote Speaker

Karl Fisch - Director of Technology for Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado.
Topic: "2020 is on the Horizon"
Karl Fisch has been a teacher for eighteen years. He has taught middle and high school math and is currently Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. He is the project leader of Arapahoe's Curriculum Innovation Team, leading the staff development efforts for 21st Century Learners, a group of teachers exploring constructivism and 21st century learning skills. He invites you to join in the conversation at the Fischbowl.

Sounding Board (Student Peer Review)

Main Sounding Board Wiki Page - See for full information and how to sign up.)
The lack of significant peer review was listed as a weakness of the first project. With student networking technologies, we believe that effective practices in peer review need to move down to the K12 level. This is an effort to document and provide experience to leading teachers with their classrooms so that we may discuss and move towards more effective peer review in global collaborative projects. Your classroom can participate as peer reviewers on either April 23rd or April 30th.

Head Coach - Sharon Peters
(Full bio is on Sounding Board Wiki Page) Sharon will be sharing a rubric and lesson plan and assisting teachers who have questions about how to conduct effective peer feedback in global collaborative projects.
A complete listing of these peer Review Classrooms will be listed on the Sounding Board Page.

Advisory Panel

Main Advisory Panel Wiki Page
(Flat Classroom Project Judges from Fall 2006 - see full bios here)
These four acclaimed international educators judged the Fall 2006 flat classroom project and have served as a panel of advisers for restructuring and improving the assessment and methodologies used in this collaborative project. The advisory panel will consist of previous flat classroom judges and teachers to facilitate the process. Other people who take leadership roles as needed will be added.

This will be a small group and the purpose of this project is to facilitate the further measurement and effective best practices documentation of global collaborative projects that are using the latest technology tools to allow the scaling of such projects for the entire educational community. (We're growing the project a little, but it will remain open and we will share the entire process openly.)


Jo McLeay
Jo McLeay is currently Faculty Head of English at Mater Christi College in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Jo's professional blog is called The Open Classroom


Darren Kuropatwa
Darren Kuropatwa is currently Department Head of Mathematics at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Darren's professional blog is called A Difference.


Jeff Utecht
K-12 Technology Specialist, Shanghai American School, China
Blog: The Thinking Stick

United Kingdom

Terry Freedman
Terry Freedman has over thirty years’ experience in education. He is currently Chair of Naace, the subject association for ICT, and an independent ICT consultant. Terry originated and edited the highly-acclaimed “Coming of Age: An Introduction to the NEW Worldwide Web” and is in the process of producing the much larger second edition. Terry’s main website and blog is The Educational Technology Site: ICT in Education , and he also maintains two other blogs: My Writes and Terry’s Pix as well as a Flickr photo page.

Paul Fairbrother
Paul Fairbrother is Head of Online Learning based at the International Baccalaureate's curriculum and assessment office in Cardiff (Wales).

United States

Alan Levine
Alan Levine is Director of Member and Technology Resources for the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international consortium of more than 250 world-class universities, colleges, museums, research centers, and technology companies dedicated to using new technologies to inspire, energize, stimulate, and support learning and creative expression. Before joining the NMC, Alan served 14 years as Instructional Technologist at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix, Arizona where he was actively engaged in research and development of learning technologies. Alan was a key contributor to significant efforts such as Ocotillo, a faculty-led initiative that promotes innovation and drives change, created the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX), a virtual warehouse of innovation that pioneered the use of RSS in syndicating learning object content, and developed Feed2JS, an open source software shared for allowing people to easily incorporate RSS content into web pages. Alan blogs incessantly at CogDogBlog.

Expert Review Panel

(Formerly Called "judges")
Main Expert Review Panel Wiki
These teachers, educators, and administrators have agreed to participate in the project by reviewing and providing feedback and a "score" on a judging rubric for purposes of providing feedback to the students and teachers on this project on some of the wikis. (Each reviewer will have 5-6 wikis depending on the total number of reviewers who are interested in taking a bit.) At the conclusion of the project, they will be asked to provide their observations to improve the methodologies used in this project so that we can be better teachers and that so better best practices can emerge for future projects with the goal to create duplicative projects for teachers around the world to use in the future. (We hope to have 8 members of this panel - 6 wikis each. Two panelists review each wiki.)

During Project Feedback - Week of April 23

Adult experts will give specific feedback to groups within their area of expertise. (Full Bios are on the Main Expert Review Panel Wiki) They will give feedback on the discussion tab of the wiki for their "group" on April 23rd. They will also use the tagging standard for their group using delicious and can "send" the group good links as they find them.

Liaison to New Media Consortium

Post Project Feedback/ Judging

Researcher Panel

Main Researcher Panel Page
These researchers are going to follow the project and will be allowed special access to the students for interviews with teachers present and to the teachers for observation via skype/e-mail. This will be for the purpose of formulating questions for effective future research in the area of collaborative learning projects at the middle/high school level and their efficacy for improving student achievement.

United States

  • Dr. MaryFriend Shepard, Walden University

Press Corps

Main Journalist Page
After the first project, the teachers and judges involved realized that some of the value of the process of the project was lost. These journalists will be given priority access to the teachers and on a permission basis will be allowed to interview students with teachers present. The purpose is to promote wider scale discussion and pursuit of collaborative projects among the K12 classrooms.
Several small scale discussions via skype will be had with the teachers and these journalists.

United Kingdom

  • Terry Freedman (see Bio Above)

United States

  • Suzie Boss - Executive Editor, The Learning Innovation and Technology Consortium - www.learninginnovation.org Co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, to be published later this year by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
  • Anita McAnear, Acquisitions Editor, Learning & Leading with Technology , published by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
  • Gwen Solomon, Director, techlearning.com
  • Beth Kanter, BlogHer

Youth Summit

We are working to create a youth summit in which the student wiki creators would be able to present to and share about their visions and insights with other students and members of the educational community. Their visions will reflect where education will be moving in the next 1-5 years. These wikis will be student-centric. We are seeking an interactive environment to conduct this summit and need the advice of several people who have worked in an online collaborative environment. If we are able to find an effective collaborative platform, we would like to make this available to many classrooms as a learning experience and a demonstration of what can be done in today's society and that students can interact effectively in such a forum.share

Advisors will give us advice on how this should work.

Additional Advisors

  • Chris Craft - Lead Wiki Design Help
  • Lisa Durff - Content Design Coach helped editing and correcting.
  • Lee Baber - Rubric Design and alignment with NETS standards; Youth Networking Best Practices
  • George Siemens - Future Research